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Feb. 19, 2009 8:52 pm 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2009 11:31 am
What do you do when you have out-of-town guests in for one day and you want to show them a good time? I solved that dilema last week when I spent a cold and sunny afternoon at Pike Place Market with friends who were in from Los Angeles and New York.

But these big city folk felt a little overwhelmed by it all—even in the off season the Market is the beating heart and noisy soul of Seattle—so we paused for a little attitude adjustment at my favorite Market bakery. After a therapeutic application of hot drinks and God’s own French pastry, we emerged ready to face the crowds and the produce.

A tiny bit of history while my friends check out the goods.

This farm-to-table marketplace was started over 100 years ago as a backlash against retail middlemen who were driving up the price of onions. That opening day in 1907 drew only eight farmers…but they were swarmed by 10,000 eager shoppers.

It didn’t take a Harvard MBA to figure out they were onto something good.

Now the Market has over 200 vendors and 10 million visitors a year, many of whom seem to want to step on my shoes.

Let’s rejoin my friends. They’re ooohing and aaahing over the photo-ready mounds of potatoes and artichokes, Brussels sprouts and eggplants, apples and fennel. Hang on…they’re bagging tomatoes and berries? In February??

Reality check. All the produce is probably not grown around here at this time of year. So what? Come springtime, the Market will be Seattle’s epicenter for locally grown farm-fresh food…for real.

Until then, my inner locavore can lighten up and simply take pleasure in the moment...and bring home a load of vegetables, no matter where they're really from.

How about you? What's on your must-see list when friends are in town? Have you ever visited Pike Place Market? Drop me a line and tell me all about it. I'd love to hear from you!

Happy cooking!
Artichokes $3.49 that a good price?
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Peppers, tomatillos, and potatoes in three colors.
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Mighty, mighty Brussels sprouts!
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Feathery fennel.
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Good health is free gift with purchase.
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Can you spot the purple carrot?
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Feb. 20, 2009 12:46 pm
I have not, but I will!!! That's actually among my top reasons for wanting to visit Seattle! (Shhh! Don't tell me Aunt Peg in Tacoma, who I have not seen in several years...) :)
Feb. 20, 2009 12:46 pm
uhhh...that's don't tell MY Aunt Peg...
Feb. 20, 2009 1:53 pm
Hi Christine! Let's hope you don't run into your Aunt Peg at the Market when you sneak into town. :)
Feb. 20, 2009 5:05 pm
You are so lucky to ahve something like that where you live. I live in a tiny town in Indiana, the only thing we have to offer (besides factories) is a tree growing off the top of our courthouse. Funny thing is, people come from all over the place to see it, then they don't have anything else to do around here.
Feb. 21, 2009 3:41 pm
Haven't been to SEattle, but have been to the Portland Saturday market-it'a a "must-see", too!
Feb. 22, 2009 12:28 pm
I love Pike's Place... we take every visitor from out of town and they love it to. One of my favorite vendors is Sotto Voce and the best Mexican food in Seattle (El Puerco Lloron) is on the Pike Place Steps. Let's not forget about Pike Place Chowder. The fruit/veggie stands are always great for a tasty bit of something fresh and unusual. Want to try something, just ask! Thanks for highlighting such a wonderful Seattle spot. :-)
Feb. 23, 2009 6:37 pm
Hi Tracee! I looked up your famous courthouse tree in Greensburg, Indiana. If it hadn't been for your post, I would never have known known about it. Thanks for giving me today's big smile. Cheers!
Feb. 23, 2009 6:42 pm
Hi goodeats. I love Portland, especially the Pearl District. I have not been to the Saturday market there, but I have been to the Sunday market in Astoria, OR. Loved it!
Feb. 23, 2009 6:46 pm
Hey Tina - El Puerco Lloron is a treasure, isn't it! Thanks for reminding to get down there sometime soon. And thanks for the visit!
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